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SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010

TOP COW PRODUCTIONS FOR AUGUST

ARTIFACTS #2

Written by Ron Marz, art by Michael Broussard, covers by Ryan Sook and John Tyler Christopher.

Thirteen mystical Artifacts will guide the fate of the world. Thirteen Artifacts will destroy the world. A mysterious being has taken Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini, the Witchblade bearer, and Jackie Estacado, the Darkness bearer; but his intent remains in shadow. As the two frantic parents search for their missing child, other players including Dani Baptiste, the Angelus bearer, Tom Judge, Magdalena and others are brought onto the board.

An event series that will literally shake the Top Cow Universe to its foundation. Featuring a gorgeous cover by Ryan Sook as well as a variant cover series featuring each of the 13 Artifact bearers by John Tyler Christopher (Witchblade).

Each issue will also feature a Top Cow Origin backup written by Marz and drawn by a collection of artists.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on August 18.

THE DARKNESS: FOUR HORSEMEN #1

Written by David Hine, art and cover by Jeff Wamester.

Jackie Estacado has known little fear since he inherited the power of The Darkness on his 21st birthday. But when an old mafia boss blackmails him to hunt down four fiendish bikers in the California desert, he will find that even The Darkness can know fear.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on August 4.

THE DARKNESS #87

Written by Phil Hester, art by Sheldon Mitchell, cover by Dale Keown.

Just as the Brotherhood of The Darkness existed to serve the interests of The Darkness on Earth, another cult has existed in secret serving the needs of The Angelus on this world. Now armed with a legendary weapon crafted from the heart of a sun itself, a servant of the cult within Jackie's inner circle moves to end the Estacado line once and for all.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 4.

MAGDALENA #4

Written by Ron Marz, art by Nelson Blake II, cover by Ryan Sook.

Patience, the latest in a long line of The Magdalena, bearer of the Spear of Destiny, and Kristof, her mentor and Knight of Malta, continue to race around Europe hunting a demonic cult intent on bringing about the era of the Anti-Christ. With Patience doubting whether she will be able to fulfill her duty or not, the Church moves to ensure that their servant will do its will... even if that servant is not Patience.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on August 18.

WITCHBLADE: DUE PROCESS #1

Written by Phil Smith, art and cover by Alina Urusov.

Sara has to make amends with an innocent man she sent to prison. Before young Sara Pezzini was called to bear the Witchblade she made a horrible mistake that destroyed a man's life. Today that man is being released from prison and has to put the pieces of his life back together. In order to protect his family, this desperate father made a deal with demonic forces, and now it is time to pay. When Sara tries to reach out and make her past wrong right, she's confronted by demonic forces. The stakes: a man's very soul.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on August 4.

VELOCITY #4

Written by Ron Marz, art and cover by Kenneth Rocafort.

The clock counts down to zero as the taut, pulse pounding series races to its conclusion. Carin Taylor, the hero known as Velocity, has been infected with a deadly techno-virus. Thus far she has been successful in saving most of her teammates from the same virus, but now the exertion is taking its toil and the fastest girl in the world may not be able to win this race.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on August 25.

WITCHBLADE: REDEMPTION VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

Written by Ron Marz, art and cover by Stjepan Sejic.

In the aftermath of "War of the Witchblades," Sara Pezzini must reclaim the full mantle of the Witchblade and come to terms with her dark actions. In this first volume of the "Redemption" trade line, readers are reintroduced to Sara; boyfriend and partner, Patrick Gleason; and the strange, supernatural world of the Witchblade. Fans are also re-introduced to Aphrodite IV, the emerald haired cyborg assassin.

This volume collects issues #131-135 by long time writer Ron Marz and artistic partner Stjepan Sejic and is a perfect introductory volume for new readers. Also included in the volume is a cover gallery, behind the scenes sketches, designs, and more at a special introductory price point of $4.99!

176 pages, $4.99, in stores on August 25.



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